Local missionaries in Haiti tell family they're at U.S. Embassy

A Columbia County preacher stranded in Haiti e-mailed his daughter this morning and let her know that he and her mother were safe at the U.S. Embassy.

 

Donnie Rogers, pastor of Martinez-based Life Ministries International, his wife Cindy and the church’s children’s pastor Lisa Adams were stranded in the Island nation after it was struck Tuesday with a 7.0-magnitude earthquake.

They were traveling with Tennessee physician Marty Schnell, a former Augusta resident who met the Rogers many years ago in Haiti while on a medical mission trip.

Mr. Rogers sent his daughter, Jamie Bailey, the e-mail at about 10 a.m., said Mrs. Bailey’s husband Joe.

Mr. Bailey, a youth pastor at Life Ministries, said he didn’t know if his in-laws’ companions were with them at the embassy. However, his wife also received this morning a Facebook message from a Haitian resident that the foursome are fine.

“We have just heard from another friend in Haiti that they are well and that they have been working hard providing care to the Haitians,” Mr. Bailey said in an e-mail.

The foursome were in Haiti to treat lepers at a colony on La Gonave, an island off the western coast of Haiti. They were at a hotel in Petionville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, when the earthquake struck.

Mr. Bailey said his in-laws called following the earthquake, but he had not heard from them since 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The Rogers, Mrs. Adams and Dr. Schnell were set to fly home Wednesday, but the earthquake grounded outgoing airplanes.

Mr. Bailey said that Dr. Schnell’s wife booked the foursome a different flight set to leave Haiti Friday morning, but he still is unsure if they are aware of the new travel plans.

 

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